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Keen for the green this summer

Wednesday, 24th June, 2020 3:01pm

All is not lost yet in terms of sporting activities this summer. Cork City Council have teamed up with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) to develop Soccer on the Green.

The initiative is aimed at young people and will be held on greens in housing estates in Cork where FAI coaches will help the boys and girls develop their soccer skills.

The pilot session recently took place in Greenwood Estate in Togher where FAI coaches Ray Claffey and Barbara O’Connell put 12 youths, all from the estate, through their paces. The participants practiced keepy-uppies, dribbling and ball control, while all the time maintaining social distance.

Cork City Council’s Sports and Sustainability Section is now working on identifying further safe and suitable locations across the city for the programme to be rolled out to.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh, an avid soccer fan, said: “I’ve been really impressed by how engaged and inventive about keeping fit the young people of Cork have been during this pandemic and they deserve great credit for this. We aim to make Cork a responsive and inclusive city but also a fun, active and healthy one and Soccer on the Green meets all of these criteria.”

Dympna Murphy, Head of the Sport and Sustainability Section in Cork City Council, added: “The City Council is delighted to be involved in activities like this. It was wonderful to see the kids getting fresh air and exercise on their doorstep. It's important to stay healthy in body as well as mind. if you're struggling for ideas on how to stay active, fit and healthy in spite of Covid-19 restrictions, you'll find some fantastic Cork city-based resources on our website.”

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